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Minority Trainee Development Scholarship (MTDS)

Registration to the 2017 ATS Minority Trainee Development Scholarships (MTDS) is now closed. Awardees for the MTDS award have been selected. To learn more how to apply for this award in 2018 please visit this website in December.

ATS 2017 MTDS Award Winning Abstracts:

Congratulations to the 40 recipients of the ATS 2017 Minority Trainee Development Scholarship! To see a compendium of their abstract please click here.

To see list of 2017 MTDS Winners please click HERE

PURPOSE: The goal of the Minority Trainee Development Scholarship (MTDS) program of the American Thoracic Society is to increase representation of underrepresented minorities as defined by the NIH (e.g., African American, Hispanic, Native American, Alaskan Native and Pacific Islander) in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine research by providing an opportunity for these trainees in U.S. based programs to attend the ATS International Conference (IC).


  • Applicant must be a member of an underrepresented minority, as defined by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the purposes of biomedical research support funding. This criterion includes individuals who self-identify as African American, Hispanic, Native American, Alaskan Native or Pacific Islander.
  • Applicant must be an author on an abstract accepted for presentation at the ATS 2017 International Conference. The MTDS applicants may be an author of a late-breaking abstract. Late breaking abstract notification will be announced in early March so award applicants must apply with the understanding they will not be considered for the award if their abstract is denied.
  • Case Reports will not be accepted.
  • Applicant must not be the recipient of another travel award at the ATS 2017 International Conference.
  • Applicant must be a current trainee, at any stage of training from high school through post-doctoral fellow, at an institution in the United States.


  • Applicant must submit a Completed Online Application Packet.
  • Applicant must submit the following to be considered for the award:
    • Completed application form.
    • Letter of support from his or her mentor indicating:
      • The contribution of the applicant to the research project (Basic science, clinical research and translational research)
      • The impact of the award on the applicant
      • The leadership potential of the applicant
    • A copy of the abstract accepted for presentation at the ATS 2017 International Conference.
  • The applications are scored on the following:
    • Strength of the letter - applicants and mentors should be aware that this letter carries significant weight with the ATS committee reviewing applications. Letter should include the role of the applicant in the project and leadership potential. In some instances this letter from mentor can be the sole difference in whether an applicant receives an award or not.
    • Quality of the science
    • Leadership Potential of the applicant


If selected for this award, applicants will be notified of what additional documents need to be submitted to complete the award process. Applicant must be able to attend the ATS 2017 International Conference at least from Sunday, May 21, 2017 – Monday, May 22, 2017 and attend the Diversity Forum on Sunday, May 21, 2017 to receive the award.

Last Reviewed: May 2017